Philippine president cancels $234M deal for Canadian-made helicopters: ’There is always a condition attached’
Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, has ordered the country’s military to cancel a $234 million deal to buy Canadian-built combat helicopters.
— National Post
Philippines says more than 2,200 citizens in Kuwait want to go home
More than 2,200 Filipinos are ready to take up President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer to repatriate workers from Kuwait due to reports of abuse, the Philippine labor minister said on Sunday.
Duterte’s preferential treatment for 3rd telco justified — lawmaker
An opposition lawmaker yesterday said President Duterte’s preferential treatment for the country’s third telecommunications player is not only a welcome development but “absolutely justified.”
Philippines – workers with HIV face discrimination, says HRW
Philippine workers infected by HIV suffer workplace discrimination on account of their health status and usually do not seek redress, revealed a new report released by Human Rights Watch today. Ana P. Santos reports.
— Deutsche Welle
Fact Check: Can ICC impose death penalty on Duterte?
Contrary to the claim of President Rodrigo Duterte, the International Criminal Court would not be able to sentence him to death by firing squad should it find him guilty of crimes against humanity.
Duterte slams popular Philippine tourist island Boracay as ‘cesspool’, threatens to close it
The Philippines’ famous white-sand island destination Boracay is drowning in faeces and may need to be shut down to protect the health of millions of visitors, President Rodrigo Duterte has warned.
— South China Morning Post
Duterte warns he’ll order Navy to fire if sea wealth taken
President Rodrigo Duterte said he has no intention of going into war over territorial feuds but would order the Navy to fire if other countries extract resources from waters within his country’s exclusive economic zone.
HK finance firm eyes PH investments
Following China’s “One Belt and One Road” strategy for outward expansion, financial conglomerate Freeman FinTech Corp. Ltd. is exploring investment opportunities in the Philippines especially in the field of banking.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer
Commencal predicts growth for e-bikes in PH
Andorran bicycle manufacturer Commencal Supervelos launched its 2018 models, including an e-bike, over the weekend at the Bike Playground at Circulo Verde, which was attended by no less than the daughter of company founder Max Commencal.
PHL-Japan high-level infra meeting set in Cebu tomorrow
Philippine and Japanese officials will meet tomorrow (Feb. 12) in the island of Mactan in Cebu province to discuss the progress in the Duterte administration’s flagship infrastructure projects that Japan has committed to help finance through soft loans.
— Philippine Information Agency
PH can ride high on global wave – WB lead economist
The Philippines can ride favorable demographics and rapid growth in global trade if the government adopts policy approaches to achieve inclusive growth, World Bank lead economist Birgit Hansl said.
— The Manila Times
House creates P100-M trust fund for Phl Rise research
The House of Representatives has adopted House Resolution 1636, urging the executive department to allocate funds for additional scientific research and feasibility studies in the Philippine Rise, including marine exploration for mineral deposits and other resources found in the area which may be used as alternative sources of energy.
Aggressive rat terrorizes shoppers at Philippines mall in viral video
Viral video shows shoppers at a Philippines mall scurrying away in fear after encountering a real mall rat on a broken escalator, according to Inside Edition.
— Fox News
Philippine Senate approves bill for National Bible Day
The Philippine Senate has signed a bill tabled by Christian boxing champion, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, which will designate every last Monday of January as the country’s National Bible Day.
— Christian Daily
‘Rice shortage is just fake news’
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is recommending the inspection of rice warehouses in the country to make sure there would be no rice shortage in the local market.
Philippines to issue ‘total ban’ on OFW deployment to Kuwait on Monday
Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III is set to issue on Monday a total deployment ban order of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait.
— Khaleej Times
PH looking to other countries to supply Bell-like choppers — Lorenzana
THE Philippines is looking to other countries that can supply helicopters similar to Bell, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Sunday, after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the cancellation of a P12-billion contract with Canada.
— The Manila Times
‘Tax evaders’ should board next TRAIN
The House Committee on Ways and Means is now finalizing Part B of Package 1 of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act seeking to grant amnesty on all unpaid internal-revenue taxes, while relaxing the Bank Secrecy Law.
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